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What Saqlain tucked inside his closet?

Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has revealed that he had locked up his wife in a cupboard the night before the final against Australia in the 1999 World Cup in England to avoid disciplinary action.

cricket Updated: Feb 17, 2011 00:39 IST

Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has revealed that he had locked up his wife in a cupboard the night before the final against Australia in the 1999 World Cup in England to avoid disciplinary action.

Narrating the incident, Saqlain recalled that he had to hide his wife Sana in the closet as the team management had instructed all players to send back their wives and children after the team qualified for the super sixes stage of the World Cup.

“I had just got married to Sana who is a British citizen and she was with me in the initial part of the tournament. But in the super sixes stage the management told us we needed to just focus on the cricket.

“Since I wanted to be close to her I gave her a list of the hotels where the team was to stay and she used to check in before our arrival at every hotel,” Saqlain recalled.

He said the night before the final team manager Dr Zafar Altaf and associate manager Masood Chisty knocked at the door to check if all the players were adhering to the curfew timings. “Since I didn’t want to face any disciplinary action I told my wife to hide in the cupboard. Unfortunately her wait was to become a long one.

“After the manager left, team coach Richard Pybus came to my room for a chat and after he left Muhammad Yousuf and Azhar Mehmood walked in. I felt sorry for my wife and was forced to ask her to come out of the cupboard leaving the players surprised,” Saqlain said.